Turning Right in the Sixties: The Conservative Capture of by Mary C. Brennan

By Mary C. Brennan

Ideologically divided and disorganized in 1960, the conservative wing of the Republican social gathering looked as if it would many to be nearly out of date. notwithstanding, over the process that decade, the appropriate reinvented itself and received regulate of the occasion. In Turning correct within the Sixties, Mary Brennan describes how conservative american citizens from various backgrounds, feeling disfranchised and missed, joined forces to make their voices heard and through 1968 had won sufficient strength in the get together to play the decisive function in settling on the presidential nominee.Building on Barry Goldwater's short-lived bid for the presidential nomination in 1960, Republican conservatives solid new coalitions, started to arrange on the grassroots point, and won adequate help to assure Goldwater the nomination in 1964. Brennan argues that Goldwater's loss to Lyndon Johnson within the common election has obscured the extra major indisputable fact that conservatives had wrested keep an eye on of the Republican get together from the moderates who had ruled it for years. the teachings conservatives discovered in that crusade, she says, aided them in 1968 and laid the basis for Ronald Reagan's presidential victory in 1980.

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Title. 2734'09046dc20 95-11799 CIP The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources. 99 98 97 96 95 5 4 3 2 1 Parts of chapters 1 and 2 appeared in a different form in "A Step in the 'Right' Direction: Conservative Republicans and the Election of 1960," Presidential Studies Quarterly 22, no. I (Winter 1992): 73-87. Permission granted by the Center for the Study of the Presidency, publisher of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Ideological disputes had bitterly divided the Republican Party since the stock market crash of 1929. The Great Depression exposed the weaknesses of Republican "trickle-down" economics and the inflexibility of Herbert Hoover's philosophy and policies. It also cost the GOP its reputation and the presidency. More importantly, the 1932 election of Franklin D. Roosevelt placed in office a man who embodied all that conservatives despised. Using the Constitution as a guidebook rather than a bible, FDR revolutionized the presidency, laid the foundations of the welfare state, and introduced Keynesianism to the economy.

1 Thus, even what little attention the mainstream media paid to the conservatives undercut the importance of the movement to the general public. Feeling isolated from mainstream society and ignored by the press and politicians, conservative Americans from different economic, educational, and social backgrounds resolved to make their voices heard by their party, their elected officials, and their country. They turned to an increasingly vocal conservative press for guidance and to an ever-growing number of right-wing politicians for action.

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